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Chinatown, Sydney

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Sydney's Chinatown is the oldest and largest Chinatown in Australia. Some top-tier Chinese chefs moved to Sydney in the 1990s, making this district world-famous for its Asian cuisine. There are Asian shops and open-air markets selling everything from traditional Chinese medicinal herbs to jewelry, meat, fish, flowers, vegetables, books, electronics, and inexpensive souvenirs. Several movie theaters offer daily screenings of documentary and feature films produced in Asia. Asian art galleries, restaurants, karaoke bars, shopping malls, and small boutiques attract visitors from around the world. While you can visit the area on your own, there is so much to see here, many tourists opt to join an official tour. Use our Sydney holiday planner to visit Chinatown on your trip to Sydney, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • I was in Sydney a few years ago and I found Chinatown to be very festive and vibrant. So when I was in Sydney again with my friends who had not been to Sydney, I was keen to show them Chinatown. Unfor...  more »
  • I had been told that the Chinatown here was better than Melbourne, so I had very high expectations. Melbourne trumps Sydney for sure.  more »
  • It is true: the chinese knows how to make money. This place is alive in a country that closes much of its shops by 6pm. Food galore, shopping for knick-knacks, massages etc. Everything you would expec...  more »

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